If you ever plan on getting your very own personal jet, there’s one airplane that’s bound to pop out from the rest of the crowd while you’re doing your research. Meet the Boeing Business Jet 747-8i, one of the largest private jets in the world (and the largest in active operation right now) and the perfect example of what real luxury in the air looks like.
There are only a few privately owned 747-8i jets and it’s an elite symbol of power. This jet is usually used by the world’s governments and for transporting the heads of state. The US Air Force is even developing a 747-8i jet as a replacement airplane for the current Air Force One used by the president.
The company behind one Middle Eastern businessman’s 747-8i luxurious interior is none other than the famed French interior design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto. Scroll down and feast your eyes on what the firm’s final result looks like.
This is the Boeing Business Jet 747-8i, the largest private jet in active operation in the entire world
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A businessman from the Middle East asked French interior design firm Cabinet Alberto Pinto to design the interior
It took the firm 4 years to design and implement everything. This is the master bedroom, found in the nose of the airplane, underneath the cockpit
The jet has everything: from lounges to dining rooms. When you’re inside, it’s easy to forget you’re on an airplane
This is what the master bedroom looks like from another angle
The 1A and 1B seats have been turned into a two-person loveseat
There are plenty of quality of life design choices like touchscreens that control the light
The master bathroom has a full mirror and sink
The jet even has a walk-in shower! It’s very rare for airplanes to have these
The designer was given complete freedom and went for a soft modern style
The owner of the jet wanted something simple that would feel like a family home
According to the designer, Yves Pickardt, simplicity is the true luxury
The design project was completed on time and under budget
Here’s one of the guest bedrooms
Even the smaller bedrooms have their very own private bathrooms with mirrors and sinks
This is the main foyer that separates the master bedroom from the rest of the jet. The staircase leads to the airplane’s upper floor
The jet has bookshelves as well as a massive TV
Here’s the cockpit. It’s right above the master bedroom
There are plenty of couches everywhere so you can sit down and rest or read a book wherever you want to
Office spaces and dining rooms are all furnished with leather armchairs
Here’s the centerpiece of the airplane: the salon
The salon has three couches that are great for meetings or just relaxing
This spot is perfect for having dinner, playing tabletop games, or even some poker
Every single chair can be adjusted with switches in the armrests
There’s enough space for additional passengers or staff members flying on the jet, too
The jet’s owner gave designer Yves Pickardt “carte blanche” to make the airplane feel like a family home. Pickardt told Altitudes Magazine that his idea was to give the jet a “soft modern style.”
According to Pickardt, the owner wasn’t looking for something “outrageously luxurious, with gold and diamonds.” Instead, he wanted simplicity. “Which in the end is indeed the true luxury,” the designer said.
It took Cabinet Alberto Pinto a whole 4 years to design and implement this particular 747-8i’s interior, writes Business Insider. With 250 feet from nose to tail, this is the largest aircraft that the French firm has designed. It has two levels and over 400 people can fit inside the airplane if it were to be configured to transport airline passengers.
The businessman’s private jet has everything from suites and lounges to staterooms and dining rooms (not to mention bathrooms, of course). You can find the master bedroom in the nose of the jet, right beneath the cockpit. This makes sense because the front of the jet is the furthest away from the engines, so it’s way easier to fall asleep there than elsewhere.
This particular 747-8i has plenty of things that you won’t see on a regular Boeing airplane, like the 1A and 1B seats being replaced with a two-person loveseat. There are lots of small personal touches like personal reading lamps, bedside tables, and touchscreens that control the lights. Meanwhile, the master bathroom has a walk-in shower with a full mirror—when you’re inside, you can easily forget that you’re flying, instead of living in a luxurious estate.